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North Georgia Barbershop Singers President Dick Rockwell congratulates Steve Dorn for having been chosen as the chorus’ new director.

The fifth biennial Georgia Youth Summit was held Sept. 11-13 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. The leadership conference was attended by 716 youth and adults from 133 counties. Representatives from Hall County included Haley Woodard from East Hall High School, John Washington from Flowery Branch High School and Sydney Roach.

This Summit is designed to increase awareness of state and local issues, enhance local youth-adult partnerships and equip youth to become active in the betterment of their community. The Summit focuses on issues related to economic development, education, health and safety. These reports are shared with the governor, the Georgia General Assembly and other leaders around the state.

The Summit is funded by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Rural Development Council through the Leadership Infrastructure Investment Fund. The University of Georgia, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Cooperative Extension, Georgia 4-H coordinates the Summit with assistance from the Georgia EMCs and Fort Valley State University.

The Summit is open to youth and adults from any youth development organization and scholarships for four youth and one adult were provided to teams from every county in the state.

For more information on the Summit, contact Jeff Buckley at 706-542-4H4H,, or visit www.


A reunion of classmates from the 1970 eighth-grade Lula Elementary School brought squeals of joy and hugs all around the room on Oct. 2.

Not all the students had gone on to the same high school, and thus many had not seen each other for 40 years.

The class of students was the last first-grade class to attend the old Lula School building that burned in 1962, as well as the last eighth-grade class to graduate from Lula School, since there was a move toward the middle school concept the very next year.

Of the 32 names on the original list, 29 were contacted for the reunion.

Classmate David Sosebee died from lung cancer in 1990 and 2 classmates could not be located. However, 24 of the 29 classmates contacted attended.

The class decided to devise a directory so they can easily keep in touch in the future and they discussed the possibility of future gatherings where they can introduce their children and grandchildren to some long-time friends.


The North Georgia Barbershop Singers selected as new chorus director Steve Dorn. Dorn has served as the assistant director of the Big Chicken Chorus, as well as singing with the Atlanta Vocal Project. In addition, Dorn was named the Dixie District Barbershopper of the Year in 2009 for his tireless efforts to advance barbershop-style music. He also is certified as a presentation judge in the Barbershop Harmony Society.

"We are very excited to have such a dedicated and capable man as Steve Dorn on board," said Dick Rockwell, president of the North Georgia Barbershop Singers.

Dorn enters the position with the full endorsement of retiring director Jack Martin, the chapter's founding chorus director.

Regular weekly meetings take place each Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church located on Tribble Gap Road in Cumming. Guests and potential new members are encouraged and always welcome.



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